Congratulations on your engagement – now the planning begins!
Here’s my Top Five Tips for stress-free wedding planning…
1. When you first start to plan, sit down as a couple and work out your budget before you book anything. Be realistic and use your budget as a reference point. Try not to go over it. You may find it useful to decide which parts of the wedding day are most important to both of you and then split your budget accordingly.
2. Prioritise your tasks and then allocate each job a month, giving yourself a monthly check list of things to do. Don’t do wedding planning every day. Give yourself set days in the month to do ‘wedmin’ based jobs otherwise the planning will consume you and you will begin to hate it. Consider hiring a wedding planner as they can take all the stress out of your wedding planning
3. Book the venue first, then choose your photographer, caterers, florist and entertainment as these are the providers that can become very busy quickly. Try and get these booked as soon as
you can to avoid disappointment.
4. Regarding your photographer, always spend as much on photography as your budget will allow. It’s one of the only things from your wedding you will be able to keep forever and be your lasting memory. Unless they are a professional, DON’T get a friend to do your photography. It could be a disaster and you don’t want to risk a friendship in the process.
5. When looking for suppliers, ask your recently married friends for their recommendations. Also ask other suppliers for people they have worked with and would recommend.
Finally, a cheeky sixth suggestion from me, don’t forget to plan your First Dance lessons. Everyone should dance on their Big Day and a special dance can create a lovely surprise for your family and friends. Why not step out in style?
I can help create, with the happy couple, a dance that suits their personality, confidence and dance ability. No previous dance skills are required, and lessons can be held locally or at a location of your choice.
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